The Online Higher Education Doctorate EDD is now fully online at Southern Miss!
The University of Southern Mississippi is now offering a fully online Higher Education doctorate degree. This redesigned program was built to meet the needs of working educators looking to make a wider impact at the collegiate level.
This synchronous EdD program delivers a professional foundation for graduates looking to generate new knowledge about college-level education. The online Higher Education Doctorate degree gives educators the knowledge to lead their organizations and create innovative new methods for problems solving and motivation.
The practical nature of the program allows students to tackle a real-world issue in their field by participating in a Capstone Project rather than a dissertation. The online Higher Education Doctorate program was build to help your make a larger impact at the collegiate level.
Let The University of Southern of Mississippi help prepare you to conquer the challenges of higher education.
Check out some of the jobs our students are prepared for after earning this degree.
- College President
- University President
- Vice President
For educators looking to making an impact at the building and district levels, check out our online Educational Administration Doctorate degree.
EdD Higher Education - 54 hours
Students seeking administrative positions (e.g., student affairs, institutional research and effectiveness, continuing education, and other) are encouraged to pursue the Ed.D. track. A master’s degree in any field is a prerequisite for admission. Program can be completed part-time, or full-time.
Core classes (24 hours):
History of Higher Ed
Curriculum & Teaching
Finance in Higher Ed
Legal Issues in Higher Ed
Research (15 hours):
Introduction to Educational Research
Elective – 12 hours
Comprehensive Exams – 3 hours
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Licensure requirements and approval are determined by each state’s licensing board. For general information about professional licensure, please review the Online Programs & Professional Licensure Page. If you have professional licensing questions regarding licensure relative to one of our online programs, please read our Professional Licensure Disclosure and then fill out the Professional Licensure Inquiry Form. If you have other questions regarding licensure, please email professional licensure.
To apply to the online Higher Education doctorate program, you will need USM application, your resume, a letter of interest, official transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.
The program, including the final Capstone Project, can be completed in nine academic semesters.
Yes. The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration program is delivered 100% online.
No. The Higher Education doctorate program requires a Capstone Project that addresses a real-world problem of practice.
The prospective student must complete the Graduate School admission application online and pay the application fee at http://apps.usm.edu/graduate-school/grad-school-apps/.
No. There is no out-of-state tuition associated with the program.
Fall 2019 Enrollment Status: At capacity
Fall 2020 Enrollment Status: Opening Summer 2019
The Higher Education EdD only admits new students for the fall semesters, and the application should be completed at least eight weeks prior to the desired start date. A graduate student must meet the general requirements for admission to the university graduate program as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin. The Southern Miss Graduate School applications are fully online. Please submit your application, all required documentation listed below, and required fees via the online application found at the Graduate School for admission consideration.
- Complete Graduate School Application
- Submit official transcripts from all institutes of higher education to the Graduate School
- Submit GRE scores to the Graduate School
Admission is competitive and based on a holistic review of the applicant’s credentials by departments. The University sets minimum requirements for regular admission into graduate school, including:
- Minimum GPA of 2.75/4.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
- Good standing at last university attended
- Standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT, or other acceptable exam)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose or writing sample (according to departmental requirements)
- Acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (international students)
- $60 non-refundable application fee
- Original transcripts and immunization records (required prior to enrolling for classes if admitted)
International applicants, please mail official transcripts to:
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5135
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-001/USA
Individual graduate programs may have additional or more stringent requirements. Departmental websites should be consulted for more details about program-specific expectations for admission.